Biggleswade Town boss Nunn does not expect easy cup tie

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 August 2017

Action from the Biggleswade Town v Hitchin match (pic Karyn Haddon)

Action from the Biggleswade Town v Hitchin match (pic Karyn Haddon)


Biggleswade Town boss Chris Nunn does not expect an easy time of it at North Leigh in their FA Cup first qualifying round tie on Saturday.

Town go into the fixture on the back of a good Bank Holiday weekend, which saw them beat derby rivals Hitchin and draw at Bishop’s Stortford in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

But North Leigh had a fine win of their own in Evo-Stik South West and Nunn said: “They’re a league lower than us but we know it will be a tough place to go.

“There’s a bit of a slope and they had a great result beating Salisbury, who are one of the favourites to win their league, on Saturday.

“I’ve got a young squad, the youngest since I’ve been here, and it will be a big test, but we’re playing well and we’re going there to win. We want a cup run. We’ve done it before, so why not again?”

The Waders will travel to Eynsham Park without injured trio Gavin Hoyte, Craig Daniels and Shane Hill and Nunn admits they will be sorely missed.

He added: “They’re three massive players for us, but there’s not a lot we can do.

“It’s frustrating and I’m looking at bringing in one or two players, but it will be difficult. It’s hard to get players in.”

Nonetheless, Nunn and his squad will go into the tie in good spirit, following their weekend haul and the manager is hoping they can maintain their early momentum.

Jack Bowen and Morgan Penfold netted against Hitchin, in front of a derby crowd of 379, and Nunn added: “I spoke to the chairman before Saturday’s game and said I’d like to win one of the games and would be delighted with four points out of six.

“It was the first time we’ve beaten Hitchin since about 1912! It was a special goal that won it and I think we caught them at the right time, but they’re still a top side. The chairman would love that sort of crowd every week.

“We went to Bishop’s Stortford a bit light and the squad was really tested. We had to hang in at the end, but we hit the woodwork and I think a draw was a fair result.

“If anyone deserved to win it was probably them, but we acquitted ourselves well on a very hot day and kept a clean sheet on the back of three successive wins to draw with a side that was in the Conference North last season.”

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